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This show is RAD! I saw 10/1 and 10/3, but I wish I got into this one,too. Awesome Eyes,Playin',Prophet,Let it grow,totally mellow vibe for Boston,great boards from this era, too.
Subject: it twas an exception to the rule
Listening to this again for the first time since my July 20, 2005 review. Have to say, I still think this was the one show I saw in '94 that, but for Vince's annoying vocals, I might have thought was from an earlier year. So I still stand by what I said 7 years ago: Saw 15 shows in '94 and this was my favorite other than the encore. Amazing how Jerry could step it up when he wanted to. The first set may have been the best post 2nd illness first set I saw. For how sick I was of Hell in a Bucket by this point, I was dancing my fat butt off the whole way through it!!!
Subject: Peggy O
Jerry played some really wonderful Peggy O's in the latter years. He was a truely gifted musician and to this day I miss him dearly. Thank You Jerry !!!
Let's All Be Cheerful -
Subject: Good stuff
The crackling HIAB opener sets the tone -- don't need the "by '94 standards" qualifier for this one. Not life-changing, just rock solid throughout -- a final trip around the bases before the '95 disaster.
Subject: "I'll get up and fly away"
The Dead loved playing Boston over the years and this run was no different. This year they started the tour there and this was the third show of the run and it was a gem. The first set is rock solid with a ripping Bucket/Peggio opener. The rest of the set is extremly well played with the band really finishing strong with a long BE Women> Let it Grow to end the first set.Jerry plays some amazing solos and these versions are passionate and dynamic. They open with a strong and joyous Playing which is driven and focus jam into a beautiful transition in Eyes, Jerry lays down an amazing groove with his solo before the last verse being a highlight. Estimated is full out and played with that intensity we all love with Bob's passionate cry for the voices in his head. He's Gone is very good, Jerry falters slightly at the begining of his solo but recovers nicely. What makes this version noteworthy is the long and full band scat at the end, reminicent of 10/9/84, Jerry is wild and Phil's vocals are excellent.It is followed by a brief jam into a hot drums followed by a short space into a fully developed Spanish Jam that is sonically quite good the tranistion into O1, lead by Phil is amazing. He drives this version with wild playing and Jerry raises his game even more, the jam into the second verse will blow your mind. Wharf Rat is the highlite of the show, it is a deep and moving version with inspiring playing by all but this is Jerry's song and he owns it big time. His vocals and playing are heart felt and right on.It is also cool to note that since 1973 the Dead always played this song in Boston, the only two exceptions being 1974 and 1981, and this version is easily one of the best of the 90's. The Sugar Magnolia is also joyous and rowdy and again the band soars and delivers easily one of the best in along time, the SSDD easily pushes it even further to such status. They end with an up beat Law which after only three shows, had us all knowing more great playing was still to come.
Subject: the best of 1994
It didn't get any better than this in '94.
Subject: A good omen!
I had to take a somewhat stressful oral/verbal exam in Boston on this date to get my board certification in anesthesiology. I was relieved to see that the Dead was going to be there with me. I grabbed a ticket to this show and the previous night. I rode up on the train from Philly with several other 'heads, checked in to a plac ein Cambridge, headed to the brew pub, then to the show on the 28th. By the time I got in to sleep, I slept great...totally relaxed and with a good vibe. I spent this morning on the Comons, prayed to the MOnument to Ether, lol. The exam was early afternoon this date, andI thought it went badly, but the show this night was solid and comforting. Still, I was afraid Boston would be tainted forever for me, lol.
As it turned out, I passed, and I have the good old Grateful Dead to thank for that, in great part.
Jerry was wearing black shorts at this show, I believe!!! Miss you a lot, Jerry.
See you in a few weeks, Phil. I love your Phriends!
AS for the rest of the 'boys', thanks for all the great memories and all the music!!!
Oh My Dearest -
Subject: Not Bad.
Preety good show. Jerry is in good form for a 94 show, and the song selection as you can see is pretty sweet. I really liked the Eyes especially.
Subject: Best Show
I have seen the Dead only about 25 times but have neard infinite recordings and seen the dvd's etc...This was for me the best show they played post 1981. Being there was incredible as Jerry definitely drank the energy juice that night and smiled not once but twice...He was sincerely "into it"...
Subject: Half Time Show
The crowd energy at this one was amazing.
Does anyone remember the gigantic inflatable
ball that got passed up from the floor, in about the middle on Vinces side, to the
top row of the stands during set break?
The whole placed was fixed on the ball, calling together in delight every time the ball made it one section higher. Finally, it got to the top row, and the last guy to get the ball tried to make a shot through the steal rafters above, everybody rooting for him, and he took the shot, and the place was poised for a 'basket', but he missed, and the whole place shouted "OHHHHH!", he grabbed his head in mock depsair, and the energy just exploded. God that was great.
Subject: Great second set
Fun time at this show, especially 2nd set.
I tend to be quite critical, especially of the band's final years. However, this 2nd set really took off. Great song selection, great playing, great transitions. Worth a listen/download.
Subject: not bad
I saw 37 shows in 94 and, in my opinion, this is not in the top ten, but still good!
brilliantly played almost to the point of orgasmic simply beautiful 5 stars for the eyes alone
Subject: they show up
Just when you think they are down for the count, they come back with a gem that makes you realize they can still do it( on a night to night basis)
Solid show ruined by the always lifeless "I faught the law" encore. Who ever thought I'd say, "Bring back Day Job!"
Subject: Top 5 for 94
Sound for the download is as good as the next night's bertha remaster IMO
Very, very decent for the time period. Solid song selection + good playing = Fun FUn FUN time... From start to finish it seems that the guys decided to make a real go at the remainder of the run of the boston garden shows. After an up and down previous two nights, they really pulled together the strings and nailed just about every song in during this night. The whole second set minus the encore is incredible... Check out the beautiful, albeit slow, Wharf Rat. Extreme kudos for this show to Archive.org...